Allow me to start this blog post by wishing you a very happy new year! May it be healthy and prosperous.
As often happens towards the end of a year, I’ve been a bit reflective. I’ve considered my own behaviour over the past 12 months and come up with a few resolutions for improving my parenting and how I spend time with the children and family. I thought I’d share them with you.
- I’m going to do more arts and crafts with the children. Over the past few weeks both my girls (Helen and Elizabeth) have spent hours completing and colouring in activity sheets. It’s something they’ve asked to do and they really enjoy it. We’re going to stick with the activity sheets, but a bit more gluing, sticking and painting may also be in order. It’s something we’ve always done, but possibly not enough.
- The children will be encouraged to look after their toys and possessions. I often look at the toy chest in the corner of the living room and my heart sinks. There are misplaced playing cards, misplaced building blocks and so on, all of them just rammed in there. As a family, I think we’ve got lazy and just dumped toys in the chest to keep the house tidy (yes, mum and dad are to blame for this behaviour as much as the kids). This sends the wrong message out to the little ones and Mrs Adams and I must start leading by example.
- Mum and dad are going to make a greater effort to save for the kids’ future. We started taking this much more seriously in 2014. Even so, we need to put more aside to ensure the kids have a decent nest egg. I think you have to start these things when they’re young.
- I will redouble my efforts to speak French with both the children. My French is appalling. For those old enough to remember, think of the French policeman from ‘Allo ‘Allo. Even so, we have French speaking relatives and I struggle to communicate with them as I was never taught the language properly. I think it’s vital the children learn more than one language and while I have taught Helen the basics, it’s something I have got a bit lazy about. Unfortunately this falls to me to do solo as Mrs Adams doesn’t speak a word of the language.
- Library books will be returned to the library on their due date. I’m delighted to say the kids absolutely love visiting the library. Going with them is a real joy and I love it. The awful truth, however, is that we always return library books late and on two occasions have lost books altogether and had to pay for replacements. I think 2015 is the year we’re going to get organised and make sure books are returned on time.
So those are a few of the things I am going to do in 2015. Do you have plans to improve the way you spend time with your family? Leave a comment, I’d love to know.